As much as I’d love to, there’s no way I’d be able to commit to doing blogmas this year (I’ve got way too much going on with work and uni!) so I decided that instead, I was still going to try and create more Christmas/festive based content.
Which isn’t that easy when you’re a lot closer to The Grinch than Buddy The Elf!
I’ve already done a self care based gift guide, so I thought I’d do a post about how I get myself into a festive mood – something I’ve always struggled with.
I’ve already spoken about why in a separate post, so I’m not going into detail in this one. If you’re interested in the story, you can read about it in my Why Not Everyone Loves Christmas post.
Listen to Christmas songs
Yeah, no kidding Jade.
This one is pretty obvious, but nothing makes me feel happier or more festive than blasting out Christmas songs.
Normally while singing along at the top of my voice; occasionally while sitting on the train into uni…I’m sure the Monday morning commuters really appreciated that one.
While I’m always going to prefer the old classics that I grew up with, I’ve become obsessed with listening to Michael Buble this year – I’ve had his Christmas album on repeat since the start of December!
Watch vlogmas videos/read blogmas posts
Just because I don’t have the time to take part in it myself, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching and reading everyone else’s content.
I love curling up in bed with a hot chocolate and binge-watching everyone’s daily vlogs; it’s such a relaxing way to wind down before bed!
Use Festive bedding
This is the first year I’ve actually done this, but it’s something I’m going to make sure I do every year from now on.
I picked up a gorgeous set from Matalan last week, (which are now on sale typically!) and I’ve already decided I need to go back for another one…or three…
They’re 100% cotton which are so cosy, especially when it’s freezing cold first thing in the morning.
Although it does make finding the motivation to get out of bed in the morning very difficult!
I don’t personally decorate my bedroom, so it’s a nice way to make my room feel festive which having to make too much of an effort.
I’m not going to lie, wrapping presents is the bane of my life – it’s even worse than going shopping for them.
Those perfect looking present you see on Pinterest, with bows and neatly folded corners?
Yeah, mine look nothing like that!
Depending on what it is, it can end up being more sellotape than wrapping paper sometimes.
But if there’s one thing that makes me feel festive, it’s sitting on the floor surrounded by wrapping paper and presents while singing as loud as I can to Christmas songs.
I’m sure my neighbour’s really appreciated that…
Put up the decorations
We don’t put the decorations up until the second week of December (my dads rule there, not mine) so I get super excited when the time comes to put the tree up.
It’s our little tradition that my mum and I put the tree up while dad hides upstairs and plays the guitar.
He’s not a big fan of Christmas, although with his upbringing you can hardly blame him.
Last year we put the presents under the tree as soon as they were wrapped, but I think this year I’ll keep them upstairs until the night before.
It’s a little childish, but what’s the point in being an adult if you can’t be a kid every so often!
What do you do to help get in the festive spirit?